The summer workshop series, a faculty development program
begun in 2001, focuses on pedagogical “best practice” themes
rooted in the liberal arts tradition.
have included themes on everything from critical thinking (i.e.
“Critical Thinking in the Classroom,” 2003; “Critical Thinking
in Gen Ed Classes and Beyond,” 2005), to teaching strategies
emphasizing cognitive/affective learning, small group
instruction, classroom discussions, assignment design, and
visual learning techniques (i.e. “Considering the
Cognitive/Affective in Your Classroom,” 2006; “Teaching with
Your Mouth Shut,” 2004; “Improving Oral Discussions,” 2006;
“Designing Assignments,” 2006 and 2015; “The Power of Image in
the Classroom,” 2008)., Carnegie program, 2004).
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)
A consistent component of the center’s Writing Across the
Curriculum (WAC), a program begun in 2001, has been
summer workshops that emphasize writing instruction across the
academic community as faculty in these workshops build on
college-level writing skills that students receive in their
first-year composition courses (WAC has been a component of all
summer workshops, and the central theme in 2001, 2002, 2005,
2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014).
The center’s WAC
program encourages the practice of designing and evaluating
writing assignments that will allow students to write frequently
in order to encourage deeper, more critical learning.
goal here is to support faculty in their endeavors to give
students abundant opportunities to practice discipline-specific
conventions of writing. This goal reflects the
university’s emphasis on reason and builds on assumptions that
excellent teaching emphasizing critical learning and writing
provides students with both skills that are employable and
skills to become independent thinkers.